Meadville Tribune

Sports

June 24, 2013

TRIATHLON: Record-setting performance highlights Dam Tri V

WOODCOCK TOWNSHIP — It seems each and every year there is something to talk about at the Dam Tri. So why should year No. 5 be any different?

The fifth annual Dam Tri was once again a success thanks to the organizers and the competitors. When the smoke had cleared, four new champions were crowned and one of them went the extra mile to get the job done.

“When we got to the turn, they thought we were running the Olympic race,” said 17-year-old Pittsburgh native Dan Mehan. “I went about 1/2 mile before I figured it out and went back. At the time I was in second and the guy in front of me went a bit farther than I did. So, it kind of helped me.”

Despite that little twist of fate, Mehan blistered the tough course around Woodcock Lake.

How bad did Mehan torch the course? In 2009 — the first running of the Dam Tri — John Trucilla of Erie completed the course in 59:12. That was the only time a competitor had broke the one-hour mark in the previous four years of the event. Mehan not only broke an hour, he smashed the course record with a time of 58:16.

“I was real pleased with my time,” said Mehan. “I will probably be back next year, and maybe even run the Olympic Distance.”

About 10 minutes after Mehan crossed the line, the top Sprint Division woman clocked in. Gianna Guerino took that honor with a time of 1:09:52.

It took almost another hour before the top Olympic competitors broke the tape.

For the men, it was Columbus, Ohio native John Lowrey with a time of 2:06:31. Lowrey, 22, is a member of Eleanor Rocks, as is Dam Tri race director Kristoph Kocan. Eleanor Rocks is an organization that raises money to help families with terminally ill children. The organization founder’s daughter, Eleanor, was born with congenital heart failure and the organization’s trademark is donating rocking chairs. Eleanor Rocks led Lowrey to the Dam Tri.

“I found out about it through Eleanor Rocks,” said Lowrey. “I am a grad student at Ohio State studying food science and technology. I began running triathlons in 2008 and really started taking it serious in 2011. I am glad I found this event and I will definitely be back.”

As will women Olympic distance champ Desiree Thomas.

Thomas, originally from Broadview Heights, Ohio, is a 2010 graduate of Edinboro University. She ran her first triathlon shortly after graduation and has been hooked ever since. It took three years, but she finally climbed to the top of the Dam Tri.

“I was second last year," said Thomas. "So I made winning a goal this year. Usually, I am the first out of the lake because I swam at Edinboro. Then I have to hope no one passes me on the bike and survive the run.”

She did both flawlessly this time around. In fact, the 25-year-old was never threatened as she completed the course in 2:25:59. It marks the third year she lowered her time. Thomas clocked in at 2:45:56 in 2011 and then completed the course in 2:32:43 last year. And like just about everyone else you talk to at the Dam Tri, Thomas plans to be back in 2014, only this time to defend her title.

“You bet,” said Thomas. “I have done it the last thre years and will be back again. I love the course because it is challenging, but fun.”

And that was the biggest winner for the day — the course.

While most of the course remained unchanged, there were some adjustments made to the run — and the Mehan detour does not count. The adjustments really added a downhill feel to the end of the race, helping a lot more competitors finish the event. Thomas went as far as to say she thought it helped her maintain her lead.

“I thought the lake was fantastic,” said Lowrey. “It sits down in a valley, so there is not a lot of wind and waves. Instead of fighting through the swim, you can really stretch out and enjoy it.”

Mehan pointed out some of the difficulties.

“That first hill on the run,” he said. “You come in off the bike, get through the transition jog through a couple turns and then it seems like it is straight uphill. That is a killer.”

The good, the bad, the easy and the hard all led to another successful event. In total, 307 competitors came out to test their endurance in and around Woodcock Lake. And while not everyone walked away with a prize, or even the time they wanted, they did all leave with a smile.

“It is that comraderie,” said Lowrey. “Everyone is introducing themselves to each other, giving tips and pointers. Everybody wants to win, but it is not a cut-throat sport. That is one of the things that really drew me to it.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Blue Jackets celebrate Pens squander 3-0 lead as Jackets even up series

    Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
    The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise’s 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kyle Wise Panthers rally to beat Huskies

    Through three innings Tuesday afternoon at home, it looked like it was going to be a very long day for the Saegertown baseball team.
    The wind and the cold didn’t appear to bother Harbor Creek starting pitcher Issac Mattson as the senior struck out nine batters through the first three frames, including four strikeouts in the first inning alone.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greggs and Bison knock Bulldogs down to earth

    Back to reality.
    Coming off one of its biggest wins in recent years on Friday with a 10-5 victory over previously unbeaten Saegertown, Meadville fell victim to possibly being over confident against Fort LeBoeuf.

    April 22, 2014

  • Devils sweep Tigers

    Just six days earlier, the Cambridge Springs boys volleyball coaching staff sat on the sidelines at Saegertown High School perplexed and disappointed as they watched the Blue Devils give away opportunity after opportunity.

    April 22, 2014

  • Abby Clulow Cardinals overcome offensive woes to remain unbeaten

    Abby Clulow is confident that sooner or later the bats are going to come alive for the Cochranton softball team. She is also pretty confident that until then the Lady Cardinals will continue to find a way to get the job done.
    After all, how could she feel any differently?

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fight.jpg Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates

    Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
    Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pivotal Game 3 awaits Pens and Blue Jackets

    Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL.
    Now they’re heading home for tonight’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins hoping to make even more history.

    April 20, 2014

  • Blue Jacket_DiRi.jpg Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • College Softball: DePauw earns NCAC sweep over Allegheny

    It’s gut-check time for the Allegheny College softball team.

    April 19, 2014

  • Biggs.jpg Big first inning leads Meadville to win over Saegertown

    So, how does one go about beating the Saegertown baseball team? It’s a question that District 10 programs have been asking themselves for years now.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Poll

In terms of the overall livability and workability of the City of Meadville, which component of the city’s infrastructure should receive top priority?

Streets
Stormwater control
Parks
Other
It’s too difficult to single one out
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks